Pupils run school for day

wet   "Central Communications Officers" Finton, Abby, Georgie and Toby on Takeover Day at Bardsey Primary School.  (111111M2c)
wet "Central Communications Officers" Finton, Abby, Georgie and Toby on Takeover Day at Bardsey Primary School. (111111M2c)

PUPILS at Bardsey Primary School took over the top jobs for a day last week.

The youngsters took part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day which gives children the chance to shadow jobs, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.

wet   Pupils Emily (left) and Harriet teach a class on Takeover Day at Bardsey Primary School.  (111111M2b)

wet Pupils Emily (left) and Harriet teach a class on Takeover Day at Bardsey Primary School. (111111M2b)

Pupils spent last Friday shadowing staff, teaching lessons, running the Assembly and taking over the Headteacher’s job, among others.

Headteacher Sally Clark said: “It was fantastic. The kids had a fantastic time.”

Children had to apply for and were then allocated jobs.

Ms Clark added: “I have had comments that one child thought that it was the best day she had every had in school and some said it was like Jim’ll Fix It.

wet   Pupil Georgina with Headteacher Sally Clark on Takeover Day at Bardsey Primary School.  (111111M2a)

wet Pupil Georgina with Headteacher Sally Clark on Takeover Day at Bardsey Primary School. (111111M2a)

“But the important thing from the day was that we increase pupil voice and it was a really good way to kick-start that.”

Grace, Year 4, who was part of the Takeover event said: “I want to learn how everything is organised and help to run the school!”

Debbie Howell, Deputy Headteacher, said: “This is a great way for the pupils to be really involved in the running of the school and to find out more about what’s involved.

“We’re keen to promote ‘pupil voice’ throughout the school.”

Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England said: “I am very excited about our fifth Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day this year.

“The day provides such a brilliant opportunity for children and young people to make a difference to their schools and communities, have their voices heard and challenge the stereotypes about them that we hear too often.

“Children and young people have so much to offer.

“They bring ideas, imagination and energy which can really make a difference to organisations.”

This year the Children’s Commissioner expected around 50,000 children and young people around the country to be part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day.

“It was held on Remembrance Day to encourage intergenerational understanding and the Royal British Legion is also supporting the day.

On the day in 2010, around 40,000 children worked with organisations including businesses, schools, police and fire services, newspapers, banks, TV and radio stations, local councils, MPs, over 50 museums, charities and Government departments.